Trip Planner:   Europe  /  Germany  /  Hesse  /  Darmstadt  /  Waldspirale

Waldspirale, Darmstadt

3.9
The Waldspirale is a residential building complex in Darmstadt, Germany, built in the 1990s. The name translates into English as forest spiral, reflecting both the general plan of the building and the fact that it has a green roof. It was designed by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, planned and implemented by architect Heinz M. Springmann, and constructed by the Bauverein Darmstadt company. The building was completed in 2000.DescriptionThe Waldspirale apartment building is located in Darmstadt's Bürgerparkviertel. It contains 105 apartments and a parking garage. In the past, the topmost part of the building has had restaurants, cafes and bars for people to visit. Currently, there are no open amenities for visitors. The inner courtyard contains a playground for the children of the residents and a small artificial lake. Peculiarities of the U-shaped building are the unique facade, which does not follow a regular grid organization, and the windows, which appear as if they were "aus der Reihe tanzen," (dancing out of line) everywhere different and appearing out of order, often with 'tree tenants' - trees growing out from the windows. The diagonal roof, planted with grass, shrubs, flowers and trees, rises like a ramp along the U-form. At its highest point, the building has 12 floors.DesignThe windows of the Waldspirale, which number over 1000, are all unique: no two windows are the same. Similarly, different handles are attached in each apartment to the doors and windows. Some of the apartments are decorated in Friedensreich Hundertwasser's personal style and exhibit the colourful tiles in the bath and kitchen that are characteristic of his work. Furthermore, all the corners are rounded off in these apartments along the roof and walls in an application of Hundertwasser's dogma "gegen die gerade Linie" or "against the straight line." For cost reasons, only a few of the apartments' interiors were designed individually.
Our Darmstadt trip itinerary maker website makes visiting Waldspirale and other Darmstadt attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
Source
Create an itinerary including Waldspirale
map
Waldspirale Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5
105 reviews
Google
4.4
TripAdvisor
  • Because we live in the area, it is for us always a trip connected to the Bürgerpark, the ice rink etc. If we get visitors (especially from abroad) is our first choice. Many have never seen firstly as an architecture and secondly, it is also a piece of art to be touched.
    View original
  • No straight line in sight, no window the same, no doorknob, no wand the same. Actually nothing is what it seems, even in House are the sockets are different. Spoke with 2 residents who found it sometimes difficult to live in a building that is seen as a museum, while it's just a House for their. You may go through the gates and admire the garden. Ring the Bell is not allowed.
    View original
  • Fascinating architecture by Hundertwasser, just amazing what a block of flats can look like. It "spirals" in a C-shape from 2 stories high to about 10 stories at the other end. Shame the rooftop park ...  more »
Google
  • Interesting piece of massive architecture. Something different. It seems from a different era and epoch. Very beautiful. The colours of paint seem faded.....an additional coat will do.
  • Great unique building but I wouldn't consider it a tourist place to visit
  • Nice and interesting architecture but unfortunately doesn't look very well kept.
  • Go look at it, (Especially if you never heard anything about Hundertwasser and never saw Gaudi's works) it's something different, think about it, learn about it, discuss with friends, argue. A lot of fun.
  • This cool architecture looks as if it should be in Barcelona in Gaudi park, but instead is a residential building in the city. While there's"nothing" to do or see, it's a really neat building that just stands out and is nice to see. The architecture is bold and creative, it's fun.

Plan your trip to Darmstadt

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Darmstadt

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Darmstadt by other users

8 days in Germany BY A USER FROM INDONESIA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Darmstadt BY A USER FROM VIETNAM January, culture, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Darmstadt BY A USER FROM VIETNAM February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in France, Amsterdam & Darmstadt BY A USER FROM TUNISIA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in France, Darmstadt & Amsterdam BY A USER FROM TUNISIA January, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Darmstadt BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA November, romantic, popular PREFERENCES: November, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in Darmstadt BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA November, romantic, popular PREFERENCES: November, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in Darmstadt BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in Darmstadt BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Darmstadt BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Darmstadt BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM January, culture, relaxing, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Darmstadt BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM November, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: November, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans